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April 8, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) is greeted by teammates at the dugout contrary to the Oakland Athletics during a MLB baseball match at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Shohei Ohtani, who beat the A's in his major-league pitching debut in the first week of the season, threatened to throw a ideal game against them Sunday.

Ohtani was helpful to the Angels as they won their first series with Oakland three games to one, but Los Angeles started the season strong due to their ability to mesh as a team, and from key contributions from another newcomer in second-baseman Zack Cozart.

He finished with an impressive line, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out 12 in seven innings. Mixing 99 miles per hour fastballs with precipitous breaking pitches and tremendous professional cool, Ohtani (2-0) was too much for Oakland - until the seventh, when he showed resilience, too.

"I wanted to keep a clean zero on the board", Ohtani said. How can I pass on that when it's got an underdog price tag? He gave up a three-run homer in the second inning, but fought back against his early jitters and produced his first quality start.

And that's just Ohtani's pitching. After Ohtani got a standing ovation from the crowd, he walked the next batter.

Ruth was able to dominate both disciplines such as the Boston Red Sox at 1918 and 1919 before his fateful go ahead to the New York Yankees, at which he became the Sultan of Swat and selfdom pitched. Tampa Bay has dropped eight straight since its win on opening day.

Miami's Brian Anderson hit a tiebreaking two-run double as the Marlins scored three runs in the eighth off Luis Garcia (0-1) and Adam Morgan.

He was sharp from the start, striking out the side in the first inning on 15 pitches. Chapman is hitting.400 on the season with 2 homeruns and 5 runs batted in. There isn't such a tab for Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees poster-child and AL MVP runner-up previous year, or even Mike Trout, the two time MVP who is projected to finish in the top 10 Wins Above Replacement ratings of all time when he's done.

Ohtani is just the sixth rookie ever to hit 3 home runs in his first 4 games. Since three of the four wins against Oakland have come by more than one run, we're backing the runline at Angels +120, rather than back the straight moneyline at -170.

DIAMONDBACKS 4, CARDINALS 1 David Peralta hit a tiebreaking, two-run home run off Dominic Leone in the eighth inning for visiting Arizona in a game that saw Diamondbacks Manager Torey Lovullo get tossed. He went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Not to mention his quality start and win over the A's in his first start on the mound.

ANAHEIM - Right-hander Kendall Graveman and the Oakland Athletics were already trailing the Angels 2-0 when center fielder Mike Trout stepped to the plate to lead off the third inning Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium.

Dating back to his first start, last Sunday against the A's, Ohtani retired 27 batters in a row.

Shohei Ohtani had his ideal game broken up in the seventh inning.